Shaping San Francisco Talk featuring K. Ruby Blume of the Institute for Urban Homesteading in Oakland, Esperanza Pallana of pluckandfeather.com and the East Bay Urban Agriculture Alliance, and Melinda Stone from Howtohomestead.org. A wide ranging discussion on what urban homesteading is, how one gets started, what some of the principles and philosophies underlying it are, and much more. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: urban homesteading, urban agriculture, food, urban game, rabbits, bees, food security, food...
From the "Nature in the City" series of Shaping San Francisco Talks at CounterPULSE, this one features speakers on cleaning up after the military, restoring the former military bases around the San Francisco Bay. Chris Carlsson, host, Peter Brastow of Nature in the City, and Ruth Gravanis, coordinator of the Treasure Island wetlands project, Arthur Feinstein chair of the SF Bay Joint Venture. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: San Francisco, Treasure Island, Alameda Wildlife Preserve, birds, wetlands
With urban homesteading all the rage and backyard and vacant lot food production on the rise it appears we're taking big steps toward encouraging self-sufficiency in the Bay Area.Â For sure people's requirements for connection to their food has changed.Â But how much do the popular local underground food movements fit within a concept of food security, within a drive to control one's own food sources as in food sovereignty?Â How much are they used as a stepping stone into the market for... Topics: urban agriculture, food, farmers markets, food justice, food security, food sovereignty,...
Sirron Norris has been splashing his satirical cartoon characters around the Mission and San Francisco for years. From biting social commentary to whimsical commercial art, his work spans a range that challenges the boundaries of art and politics. Topics: art, murals, cartoons, cartoon literalism, tagging, graffiti, Mission District, commercial art,...
-by"Pinhead Schuler" (Terry Hawkins, Janice Leiber, Chris Carlsson)
Episode 1: "Attitude Adjustment Seminar" 30 minutes. :16 Introduction by Terry Hawkins 1:08 "Bad Attitude" theme written and performed by Janice Leiber :15 Introduction by Terry Hawkins 1:16 Sorry I'm Late by Pam Tranfield, voice Janice Leiber 2:24 Manuscript Found in a Typewriter by Christopher Winks, voice Terry Hawkins 1:05 Keep Jane's Fingers Dancing! by Adam Cornford, voices Adam and Janice 1:30 Letter: Bosso in The Can by R.M.-Atlanta, voice Karen Balke :20 Letter: Out... Topics: work, wage-slavery, typing, offices, satire, humor
If we're to believe the mainstream media, the Occupy movement came out of nowhere and represents a new kind of politics. But we should be skeptical of such claims. Social movements scholar Barbara Epstein was a participant in the nonviolent direct action movements of the 1970s and '80s. She describes how they incorporated consensus-based decision-making, radical egalitarianism, and prefigurative politics. And she examines how their strengths and weaknesses have been passed down to Occupy.... Topics: anti-nuclear, anti-war, Livermore Action Group, Abalone Alliance, Occupy, Direct Action, blockade,...
San Francisco artist and muralist Brian Barneclo is all about making connections. In his Systems and Foodchain murals, bold images in motion - almost like stills from a film - link natural and creative processes to show complex processes of interconnectivity. From Nopa to Shotwell to Mission Bay to iPad cases, Brian's quick and direct strokes amplify the cityscape with one of his own creation. Come have a conversation with Brian as he shows and talks about his work with us. Topics: art, murals, public space
Excerpt from an 1850s song popular in San Francisco, having to do with the freeing of Archy Lee from jail. He had been seized by fugitive slave bounty hunters but a mob set him free. This rendition by Blackberry, recorded in 1980 for the Haight Ashbury Community Radio project. Topics: slavery, song, 1850s, San Francisco
Haight Ashbury Community Radio Project dramatizes the sensibilities of the turn of the 19th-to-20th century Employers' Association, an organization bent on destroying labor unions. Topics: Employers Association, class war, 19th century
Longtime environmental writer and journalist Harold Gilliam sits down for an Ecology Emerges interview conducted by Chris Carlsson, Nov. 2 2009, covering his life from childhood in Los Angeles to his time at the Interior Dept. in Washington during the early 1960s, to his many years at the SF Chronicle. Gilliam was a witness to the founding of Save the Bay, he was a reporter on the freeway revolt, and helped prevent a bridge being built from Telegraph Hill to Angel Island. Topics: ecology, journalism, Save the Bay, Interior Department
Claude Everhart, a founder of Friends of Candlestick, describes the public process that led to the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area as a natural park on the bayshore, built on landfill, created by community input and control. Topics: Candlestick Point, San Francisco, state parks, public participation, community input
Devendra Sharma (Performing Diaspora) and Jaysi Chander (physician and kathak dancer/tabla player/poet and activist) discuss important issues surrounding the Bay Area Indian community. Topics include: immigration politics, women in forced marriage, Indian Invitro industry, political economy of Silicon Valley and Indian outsourcing industries. Topics: India, South Asia, dance, Performing Diaspora, Silicon Valley, marriage, immigration, outsourcing
Satirical radio advertisement for "Le Tank Solaire", the solar-powered defense strategy for the 1970s and 1980s, prepared by members of the Union of Concerned Commies. Topics: tank, solar, Chrys-is-ler Corp., satire
A dozen political print and poster makers gather to discuss Josh MacPhee's new book Paper Politics, as well as the current state of political graphics making: What are we doing? Why? And is it working? Short presentations by a couple of the artists will be followed by a large roundtable discussion. Audience participation is encouraged. Co-sponsored by PM Press. Topics: Printmaking, Politics, Lithography, Art, graphics, screenprinting, silkscreen, political art
Bending Over Backwards Audio Tour: Stop 4: Komotion International, an underground music and performance space at 2779 16th Street, 1986-1997. Topics: music, punk, world beat, Robin Ballinger, Sasha Lilly, Komotion, 1980s, 1990s, San Francisco
40+ minutes of live sound recorded in the Gartland Pit, 16th and Valencia, San Francisco's Mission District, Sept. 1987. Tom Jennings and Shred of Dignity are featured, and many anonymous commenters over the punk show in the background. Topics: Gartland pit, landlord arson, Mission District, 16th and Valencia, police, punks, music, 1987
Dramatization of Irish couple arguing over the anti-Chinese agitation in San Francisco in 1877. Original recording by Haight Ashbury Community Radio project, 1980. Topics: Irish, Chinese, labor, capitalists, racism
Sarolta Jane C. gives an audio memory of Woodward's Gardens, one of San Francisco most storied amusement parks in the 19th century. Situated between Guerrero and Valencia, 14th and 15th, it featured a small zoo, beer garden, and much more. Originally on "Long Ago and Right Now" an Audiozine about San Francisco, produced by Sara Jaffe and Melissa Klein in Spring 2004. Topics: Woodward's Gardens, 19th century San Francisco, amusement parks, zoo, beer gardens
The S.F. Print Collective has been postering striking silk-screened images on the cityâs walls for years, speaking to politics, police, immigration, and much more. Slides and discussion from several of the Collectivistas... http://www.sfprintcollective.com/ Recorded Oct. 8, 2008 at CounterPULSE, part of the Shaping San Francisco Talks series. Topics: art, politics, anti-eviction, housing, social movements, immigration, police
An excerpt from "Where Have All the Flowers Gone: A View from the Street in Bernal Heights" read by author Peter Booth Wiley in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation. Topics: Bernal Heights, 1970s, housing, segregation, hippies, communes
Claude Everhart of Friends of Candlestick, Alan Hopkins, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Patrick Rump, Literacy for Environmental Justice talk about the unusual history and present of the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. It's an open bayshore park built on landfill and trash, a product of a deliberate community-driven process that chose open space and natural qualities over the usual city-style parks and recreation facilities. It's now home to many returning species of birds and wildlife.... Topics: Candlestick Point, State Park, urban park, bayshore, redevelopment, endemic species, birds,...
"Crime fiction is almost like a product of capitalism. It's about social inequality" --Ian Rankin, best-selling crime novelist Join four of the finest exponents of crime and noir as they discuss how fiction is not just a mirror to the seamier sides of life, but the proverbial hammer with which to shape it. Owen Hill is the author of two novels and many books of poetry. Of his latest, The Incredible Double, David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times said,"...here we have the essence of... Topics: Noir, Crime, Fiction, politics, history, urban life, cities, San Francisco, work, day jobs
Owen Hill, Summer Brenner, Barry Eisler, and Michael Harris. Co-Presented by PM Press "Crime fiction is almost like a product of capitalism. It's about social inequality" --Ian Rankin, best-selling crime novelist Join some of the finest exponents of crime and noir as they discuss how fiction is not just a mirror to the seamier sides of life, but the proverbial hammer with which to shape it. Owen Hill is the author of two novels and many books of poetry. Of his latest, The Incredible... Topics: Crime, fiction, novels, writing, politics, revolution, noir
North Beach hair stylist Joe Jachetta, interviewed by Audrey Tomaselli of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers oral history project, talks about how folks in his building kept things cold before refrigerators. Topics: cooling, North Beach, Italians, before refrigerators
Part two of the Spring Talk at CounterPULSE on the Philippines and San Francisco. This part features MC Canlas and Estella Habal continuing the discussion of the Philippines-US war and then the long wave of Filipino immigration to San Francisco. Topics: San Francisco, Philippines, anti-Chinese racism, Chinese exclusion, anti-Japanese exclusion,...
Endangered Buses is an artwork that wrapped four San Francisco Muni buses in images of locally endangered species. Reintroducing these animals into the urban scene that displaced them, the project dramatizes the priorities and conflicts which shape habitat for both humans and animals. Endangered Buses emerges from a vision of engaged and interdependent beings. Reports on the Tuolomne River Trust and SalmonAID, as well as a case study of Sharp Park Golf Course... With Endangerbuses' Todd Gilens,... Topics: Endangered species, Endangerbus, Salmon, San Francisco garter snake, California red-legged frog,...
Redesigning urban life off the grid. How can urban dwellers begin immediately to move towards self-sufficiency? Weâll have several permaculture practitioners presenting step-by-step recommendations for the next six months, a 1-year and a 3-5 year transitionâ¦K. Ruby (Inst. Of Urban Homesteading), Novella Carpenter (Ghost Town Farm), Kevin Bayuk (SF Permaculture Guild), Laura Allen (Greywater Guerrillas) Topics: permaculture, graywater, rain catchment, ecology, urban agriculture, urban livestock, farming,...
Peoples Food System, The Farm, and Saving San Bruno Mountain, Ecology Emerges-- Travel back in time to hear of urban farms, collectives distributing organic foods, the fight to save the mountain (San Bruno), and how the anti-war movement galvanized a movement to save the earth. Authors will read from essays in the book Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78. With Pam Peirce, Jana Blankenship, David Schooley, and Chris Carlsson Topics: Ecology, The Farm, San Bruno Mountain, People's Food System, Environmentalism, conservation, Save...
Mirjana Blanksneship reads from her article "The Farm by the Freeway" in the book 'Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78" edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation. Topics: ecology, The Farm, urban agriculture, art
completing the 3-part series on The Green City, this features audience discussion with the panelists, Peter Brastow, Peter Berg, Brian Holland, and Bonnie Sherk. Topic: San Francisco, biodiversity, restoration, urban sustainability, regional ecology
As Biophilic Cities are becoming a part of international consciousness, urban spaces are adding green roofs and elevated walking paths that traverse urban canopies, even daylighting creeks. How does San Francisco fit into all this? Could San Francisco could become a City of Biodiversity? Do we use the great work done by other cities as inspiration to celebrate our relationship with the natural world, or in friendly competition with them to become the “greenest”? How can San Franciscans... Topics: biodiversity, species, habitats, nature, nature in the city, urban nature, flowers, butterflies,...
Superfund sites in San Francisco? Come find out whether people and nature are being treated appropriately and fairly in these two well known but very different communities and environments. Is the Presidio Trust fulfilling its commitment to protect and restore the natural resources of this great urban National Park? Are the Navy and the City of San Francisco taking the best care of the residents and their environment at Hunter's Point Shipyard? San Francisco is blessed with significant... Topics: Toxic waste, superfund, Bayview Hunter's Point, Presidio, Tennessee Hollow, Candlestick Point State...
The City and Lennar Corporation are promulgating a redevelopment plan, but what about ecology, wildlife and the human community? Come learn about ArcEcology's recent report that illustrates brand new and exciting alternatives for the Bayview-Hunter's Point Redevelopment. How is Candlestick Point State Recreation Area affected? Isn't Bayview-Hunter's Point entitled to its own Crissy Field? How can (re)development benefit the current residents and be driven by their needs and wants? (Saul Bloom,... Topics: redevelopment, toxic waste, Yosemite slough, Candlestick Point, Hunter's Point, Navy Base,...
continuing the conversation about the category of "natural disaster" and how many things taken for granted as normal or natural are actually artifacts of human culture. This episode features Chris Carlsson and Peter Davidson. Topics: public health, heroin overdose, natural disaster
Excerpted from Deborah Gerson's essay "Making Sexism Visible: Private Troubles Made Public" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation. Topics: Women, Women's Liberation, 1970s, Health Care, Women's Health Care
Excerpted from Harvey Dong's essay "Jung Sai Garment Workers Strike of 1974: 'An Earth-Shattering and Heaven-Startling Event'" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation. Topics: Labor, strike, Chinatown, sweatshops, garment workers, ILGWU
Excerpted from Alejandro Murguia's essay "Poetry and Solidarity in the Mission" in the book "Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78," edited by Chris Carlsson and published by City Lights Foundation. Topics: poetry, Third World Communications, literary underground
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area sustains more federally threatened and endangered species than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks combined. The San Francisco Bay Area is considered the 6th most important biological diversity hotspot in the United States by the Nature Conservancy. UNESCO has even granted the GGNRA âBiosphere Reserveâ status, the same status granted to the Central Amazon rainforests. Come and learn about the amazing biodiversity in your own... Topics: biodiversity, endangered species, Presidio, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Audience Q&A following the discussion of the topic, featuring Peter Davidson, Tom Athanasiou, Sherlina Nager, and Chris Carlsson Topic: San Francisco, community, public safety, class, anti-capitalism, consumerism
Shaping San Francisco Talks series, Oct 14 2010: Kim Stanley Robinson, Terry Bisson, Gary Phillips. It's only a story; or is it? Fantasy, Science Fiction and Noir conspire as three of PM Press's Outspoken Authors series discuss the problems, pitfalls and possibilities of writing fiction from a revolutionary perspective. Kim Stanley Robinson is the Hugo-winning author of Red Mars and Galileoâs Dream. Terry Bisson is an award winning short story writer and the biographer of Mumia Abu Jamal and... Topics: Writing, novels, politics, revolution, noir, crime, science fiction, genre, science
From H.G. Wells to Octavia Butler, from New Wave to Cyberpunk to the Slipstream of today, SF has been a tool to agitate, organize speculate and explore utopian alternatives. Join a panel of working SF pros in a lively discussion of the perils and possibilities-- JOHN SHIRLEY Bram Stoker award winner, cyberpunk pioneer, author of Bleak History , Black Glass ... LISA GOLDSTEIN, American Book Award winner, charter member of SF's"Shameless Hussies," author of The Red Magician, The Divided... Topics: science fiction, writing, fantasy, utopia, dystopia, publishing, cyberpunk, space opera, e-books
One of the emerging zeitgeists of our era is the rediscovery of the water beneath our cities, and redefining the places we are in through awareness of our watersheds. Derek Hitchcock of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), Joel Pomerantz, a San Francisco water historian, and Sarah Kelly and Arthur Richards, co-directors of Adapting to Scarcity, will share their knowledge and find the common streams uniting their work around indigenous communities reliant on waterways, and the... Topics: watersheds, creeks, rivers, dams, pollution, silt, contamination, sedimentation, salmon, sea,...
The Next Step in Sustainability Are you an Activist? Naturalist? Educator? â¦or just curious? Want to learn about increasing habitat for local species? â¦transformative programs and projects? â¦Service learning for kids of all ages? â¦native plants, gardening, urban sustainability? Join us for an old-fashioned Teach-In: Greening San Francisco: Wild Corridors and Guerrilla Gardens, from the Bay to Ocean Beach. Co-presented by Planet Drum Foundation with Shaping San Francisco, at 518... Topics: Green Corridor, public space, backyards, community gardens, habitat, endangered species, native...
Josh Switzky, Steve Wertheim, John Elberling and others look at the effort to redesign and rethink the 4th Street corridor as it becomes the new north-south subway route. New public spaces are being opened in the many underutilized alleys, while the demographic shifts of SOMA continue apace. Topics: planning, SOMA, tech economy, jobs, upzoning, subway, 4th Street